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MAKEUP COUNTER HYGIENE

Hello Gorgeous! Today’s post is an exciting and informative one that addresses the hygiene aspect of our makeup, yeah we should be conscious not only about body or food hygiene but also our makeup. You can read more about this from these links:   Sanitize your makeup purseand   Shelf-life of makeup products

This post was written by Gbemisola Ademola Adebayo of Hegai and Esther Makeup Solutions…….enjoy 

 

We’re all guilty! At some point in our lives we have shared makeup with friends, sometimes even strangers (Oh so you think you’ve never shared makeup with strangers, what do you call testing makeup displayed at makeup counters? Do u know how many people have dipped their fingers into that same tester?!!!).

How would you feel if you visited your doctor and you see him moving from one patient to another without wearing gloves or sterilising his equipments? As a patient in a hospital you would expect the medical personnel to adhere to strict hygienic standards; and you would by no means allow a nurse to inject you with a used syringe for fear of cross infection. If people in the medical profession do not share certain objects among patients so also should you be selfish and not share your makeup with people; you should observe some level of hygiene standard when it comes to makeup.
While most cosmetics contain preservatives to help slow the growth of bacteria and fungus, sometimes this isn’t enough to prevent your makeup from getting contaminated. In fact, in one study researchers found bacteria such as Staphylococcus Aurues (which causes conjunctivitis and boils), and Escherichia coli ,commonly abbreviated E. Coli (which can cause bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and kidney failure) in department store makeup testers. E. Coli normally live in the digestive tract and is found in stool. It is spread when people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom and then touch another surface. So close your eyes for a minute and picture one of the makeup counter visitors accidentally picking up the E. Coli bacteria while she was at the restroom, she doesn’t wash her hands, she strolls majestically to the makeup counter and immediately swipes some lip-gloss with her fingers…hold on don’t throw up just yet…then imagine you swiping that same lip-gloss on your lips, and then the E. Coli bacteria present in the makeup swims through the mucous membranes of your mouth to your blood streams and settles in your stomach…ok, you can throw up now!

Each time you touch a lipstick or mascara, you are potentially introducing germs to the product. And the more people who use it, the greater the likelihood of spreading infection. Since mucous membranes are more susceptible to getting infected, lip and eye products should never be shared under any circumstances. Bacteria and infections, such as conjunctivitis, can be transmitted through sharing mascara. Eyelash mites and mucous membranes around the eye can stick to a mascara wand and be transferred to others who use it.

So next time when you visit your favourite makeup store, insist that each product is sterilized before you try them on, and use disposable applicators not the brushes that come with the products. Unfortunately not so many makeup stores around here give out disposable applicators to customers, so it’s advisable you leave the house with your own applicators, and sterilizing lotion. If possible avoid weekend visits to cosmetic counters, because the stores are busier then, more people have been handling the testers, and the attendants might not be able to observe proper hygiene practise.

Conclusively, there is a question I ask myself before I use makeup testers, this has really helped me to adopt a hygienic approach to how I shop for makeup – I ask myself, Gbemi are you sharing mascara or are you sharing conjunctivitis?

HOME MADE FACIAL SCRUB – LEMON JUICE + SUGAR

When I read or hear about home beauty remedies, I usually like to try it out and then write about it. Here’s my writeup about the Lemon juice facial thingy.

Items needed

Lemon juice, granulated sugar, small cut, knife.

Method

Wash lemon fruit. Rub well so that you can get all the juice easily. Cut into 2 and put juice into a small cup.

Sprinkle the sugar onto a cotton pad and pour a little juice on it. Gently rub on to a clean (makeup free) face avoiding the under eye areas though. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Splash cold water on the face afterwards to close the pores.

Result

Your face feels smooth immediately, you can repeat the process two to three times a week depending on your skin type. Also if you have very sensitive skin, you can dilute the lemon juice with water before applying on your face.

I really like this process because my skin feels very smooth and it glows even without wearing makeup especially after applying moisturizer. It’s a very natural way to cleanse/exfoliate the skin.

You can try it out and please share your experience.

Love,

Damsel.

VALENTINE’S MAKEUP TIPS

Valentine is here , red is the colour at this time but looking all ‘redded up’ might not be a good idea i.e- red top/blouse/outfit, red accessories, red eye shadow, red lipstick, red hair or a tint of red hair, red shoes and bag, , red phone etc ROTFL. Do you mind this look?

A hint of red is okay to do the trick and still look fab. Remember, it’s all about ‘ATOUCH of red.

You might want to change your mind at this point about your outfit/makeup for that day. lol. Here’s some few tips for you though:

1. Less is more, keep it simple

2. Be natural, if you’re not a fan of red eye shadow and would love to wear one on that day, try the look  you would like to create before the day because wrong application of red eye shadow will pass off as a bruise, tiredness, red eye etc

3. Concentrate on a part of your outfit/look you like to emphasize: clothes, hair, shoes, purse, eyes, lips, accessories etc preferably one or two out of the list.

4. Relax and have fun

Don’t you just love Rihanna’s look? Share your thoughts.

KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE

The first thing I consider before working on clients is their skin type. Whenever I ask  what a client’s skin type is, some tell me immediately while others give a vague answer and I’ll have to start asking questions to help identify their skin type.

So I’m writing this post about how to identify your skin type, enjoy……..

NORMAL SKIN

If your skin has a smooth look and feel, an unblemished surface, it’s neither oily nor dry – it has a good balance of oil and moisture. If your skin feels and looks supple with or without moisturizer, you hardly have breakouts, you can use almost any product without irritation with even skin tone without any darker or lighter areas then you’re so LUCKY!

What to do: moisturize your skin, use a light water-based products and enjoy it!

DRY SKIN

If your complexion looks dull, if your skin has rough, red patches or looks itchy or tight especially after cleansing. dry skin lacks elasticity and looks thin. It may also flake and scale.

You can also experience dryness because of artificial heaters, cold winds, sun overexposure or chlorine from swimming pools, over use of soap, detergents and toners.

What to do: Use beauty products containing oils and water-oil emulsions, a creamy cleanser is also good. Moisturizing the skin daily will help restore lost moisture.

SENSITIVE SKIN

Broken capillaries beneath the surface of your skin, allergic reactions to certain beauty products (itching, burning, stinging etc), may be blotchy and will redden in response to irritants and allergens. If your skin irritates easily, you may have a sensitive skin.

What to do: Simply avoid using complex products and those with perfumes/fragrances and use the gentlest beauty products possible or baby products. You might also want to look out for those labelled “hypoallergenic”. stay out of facial washes and soaps.

OILY SKIN

If you wash your face before sleeping and it still looks shiny when you wake up, especially across your forehead, down the nose and chin (T-Zone). Oily skin is associated with acne, blackheads and pimples; pores may also be enlarged.

What to do: It is very important not to treat oily skin too rigorously. Simply use makeup preparation products containing alcohols or that are alkaline to remove oil from the skin. Also do not over exfoliate the skin as this makes your skin to produce more oil (exfoliate about 3 times weekly instead of daily) it’s all about balancing the moisture on the face.

COMBINATION SKIN

A part of your face is dry while some parts are oily. Dry cheeks, pimple-prone, oily only around your T-zone, some products that help one part of your face hurt another.

What to do: choose an oil based makeup remover to remove your makeup, use moisturizer on the dryer places only and an oil absorbing lotion on the T-zone or use a light weight moisturizer to prevent breakouts.

Hope that was helpful and please share your thoughts.

Love,

Damsel.

REMOVING YOUR MAKEUP

I love wearing makeup every day, so what’s the big deal in removing it, you might ask? Yes no big deal but if not properly removed, there’ll be a buildup of product debris on the skin which over time, might lead to either skin conditions, breakouts or unhealthy skin.

So, how can you effectively remove makeup? Just follow the simple steps outlined below and your skin stays fresh and youthful.

1. apply makeup solution on a cotton pad and wipe off any traces of makeup; be sure to be gentle through this process especially around the under eye areas, as the skin is delicate here.

2. removing eye pencils from the upper/lower lashes or mascara can be tricky, a q-tip can be used for this purpose

3. wash your face with a cleanser. If you don’t have a cleanser, you may use a shower cream/gel but not a bar soap because bar soaps makes the skin very dry and harsh.

4. Close the pores by rinsing your face with cold water

5. apply a moisturizer that suits your skin type

Voila! You’re done, it doesn’t take time but it’s a good routine to adhere to especially at night because the skin repairs itself at night. It’s also not healthy to go to bed with makeup on, it facilitates ageing – you sure want to look 25 on your 50th birthday right? 🙂

FOR MEN – you can just wash your face and moisturize it if you can’t take a shower before going to bed.

Till my next post, stay beautiful.

Love,

Damsel.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

(Copied, author unknown)

How to stay young:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, pray and move on LIVE while you are alive, and know that God, family and friends LOVE you.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

And if you don’t send this to at least four people – who cares? But do share this with someone.

HOME MADE FACIAL MASK – ORANGE PEEL

I saw it somewhere that using orange peel with yoghurt is a wonderful way to exfoliate the skin so I decided to try it out.

Items needed:

Fresh orange peel, yoghurt (low fat), dry blender, spoon and bowl

The Method:

Wash an orange very well and wipe with clean cotton cloth. Peel carefully and put the peel in a blender (for dry ingredients) and blend. It will not be completely smooth but you will get lots of smaller particles from it. Put contents into a bowl and add one or two scoops of yoghurt depending on the quantity of the orange peel and your preferred consistency. Stir well until the yoghurt mixes well with the orange peel.

Apply mixture onto your washed face, spread gently and avoid the under eye areas, leave to dry and wash with lukewarm water. Splash cold water unto your face afterwards to close the pores.

My experience:

A minute after application I felt a sting on my face and I thought ‘ oh this thing is working, killing all the bacteria on my face’! After like 2 minutes, it was intense, I wanted to bear it for five minutes and allow the mixture to dry but then I realized my face was burning. OMG! my face was practically on fire, I had to rinse immediately, wiped gently and applied Vaseline twice (instead of moisturizer) to make sure my skin didn’t burn. I was quite scared my face was already burnt and would have scars/uneven pigmentation later but that did not happen.

Maybe the yoghurt I used was not right or I missed out a step. Dunno what went wrong but I’m so NOT trying it again. If you feel you can, try it out with a yoghurt of your choice and share your experience.

Love,

Damsel.

SANITIZING YOUR MAKEUP KIT/PURSE

Whether it is for personal or professional use, makeup kits require proper and regular cleaning/sanitation. Did you also know that makeup products have expiry dates? hmnnn, yes, they do, Click here for more details.

You might say your makeup collection is not much, just powder, mascara and lip-gloss. Yes, you still need to keep them in good condition and prevent bacteria build up which might cause breakouts, sore lips, aggravate acne etc

What you need:

70% Alcohol (preferably Isopropyl Alcohol @ N1, 000 per bottle of the picture used here)

mist spray bottle N500 and or

Alcohol prep pads (N2, 000 per box of 200 pcs or N100 per pair)

baby wipes.

The items are inexpensive and easy to purchase (at the chemist/Pharmacy shops or your nearest makeup artists’ store), The big bottle of alcohol will last you for a very very long time (depending on the size of your kit) which is still good but make sure you keep the cap tight always because alcohol is volatile.

How to do it:

70% alcohol is required for this procedure because it kills all bacteria. For powder/cream based products – powder, eye shadow, concealers, blushes and lip sticks :-

1. Wipe clean the sides/edges of your products so that you do not need to re-infect them after sanitizing.

2. Pour a small amount of alcohol into the mist spray bottle

3. Open you products and arrange them on a clean table for easy access.

4. put the product few inches away from the spray bottle and spray the product

5. leave aside to dry (it just takes about a minute)

6. Replace product lid and you’re good.

** spraying the alcohol might cause a mild headache but you’ll be fine in no time. If you cannot stand it or if you have very sensitive nose, you might want to use the alcohol prep pads to clean your products – this will require more prep pads but you’ll be headache free.

For all pencils, sharpen them neatly to peel off the used end, put them in a group and spray, leave out to dry.

 

Lip-glosses are difficult to sanitize, it’s best to scoop out the product with the attached applicator unto a mixing palette or the back of your palm and apply on the lips with a lip brush. This way, the applicator is not contaminated and it stays intact.

Hope that was helpful, feel free to share your experience.  Click here to learn about Makeup counter hygiene tips.

Love,

Damsel.

More tips for brides

Hello, thanks for stopping by. My previous post in this section was tips for brides-to-be but I stumbled upon some other useful advice from MiNK London and decided to share. Enjoy!

ADVICE FOR BRIDES

Brides should approach wedding beauty in the same way they do the rest of their wedding preparations… its’s all about planning. In a perfect world, brides should start their regime six months ahead, but you can still achieve the look you want in less time.

SIX MONTHS BEFORE

Healthy eating and drinking

Drinking over one and a half liters of water a day will ensure your skin is clear and glowing. Being fully hydrated you will also be able to function more efficiently and think more clearly. Limiting alcohol intake will not only aid slimming, but also reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

Facials

Any skin concerns, such as acne, deep lines, puffiness around the eyes or pigmentation marks can all be minimized through a regular facial routine. You should continue this into your home beauty regime for maximum benefits. A non-surgical facelift is an excellent and natural way of contouring and re-freshening the look of the face, to ensure the very best look for photos.

THREE MONTHS BEFORE

Facials

You should not be in the swing of a regular monthly facial. Remember to pay particular attention to the decollete including next firming treatments. This is often an area that is missed and will be on display on the day.

Eye treatments

Eyelash tinting and lengthening treatments along with eyebrow shaping and tinting can make a huge difference to the overall look. Most celebrities appreciated the strong impact that well-defined brows can have on framing the face, which is essential for photography. Semi-permanent eyelashes are now extremely popular and can be used to give a natural look.

ONE MONTH BEFORE

Make-up

Organize a trial wedding make-up session including a trial for the mother of the bride and bridesmaids. It is important to try different colours to see what suits the image you want to achieve. Don’t try to change this too much from how you would normally look otherwise your new husband may not recognize you. The makeup artist will aim to bring out your natural beauty and to give you a radiant glow.

FINAL WEEK

Massage

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, or reflexology to help wind down in the final run up to the big day.

THE BIG DAY

Today should be focused purely on hair, makeup and getting dressed. We strongly recommend you to eat something that will give you energy throughout the day. A Bach’s rescue remedy might help with any anxious feelings and might help you to feel calmer, alternatively a glass of Champagne works just as well – but remember not too many!

(copied from MiNK London)

TIPS FOR BRIDES –TO – BE

 

 

Beauty starts on the inside, the following tips will help any bride prepare (like a few weeks) for her wedding day:

i. Drink lots of water to hydrate the skin and flush out toxins

ii.  Eat healthy – include fresh fruits and vegetables, clean proteins such as beans, chicken and fish in your diet

iii. Indulge yourself, take relaxing baths or visit a spa.

iv. Get a massage – facial and body

v. Exercise at least three times a week to strengthen your body and calm your mind.

vi. Take things easy, slow down rather than rushing to get from start to finish.

vii.  Delegate as much as possible – get an event manager or assign duties to friends and families. This will take huge stress off you.

viii. Prioritize

I wish you the very best and congratulations in advance. 😀

 

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